Maria Jansz’s cases appear in the Fort Orange Court Minutes.  See Charles T. Gehring, trans., Fort Orange Court Minutes, 1652-1660, New Netherland Document Series Vol. XVI, Pt. 2 (Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 1990), 154, 161, 166, 176-177, 192, and 194. 

For further reading 

Aileen Button Agnew, “Silent Partners: The Economic Life of Women on the Frontier of Colonial New York” (Ph.D. Diss., University of New Hampshire, 1998). 

Linda Biemer, Women and Property in Colonial New York: The Transition from Dutch to English Law, 1643-1727 (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1983).

Cornelia Hughes Dayton, Women Before the Bar: Gender, Law, and Society in Connecticut, 1639-1789 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, 1995).

Susanah Shaw Romney, New Netherland Connections: Intimate Networks and Atlantic Ties in Seventeenth-Century America (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, 2014). 

Janny Venema, Beverwijck: A Dutch Village on the American Frontier (Hilversum, The Netherlands and Albany, NY: Uitgeverij Verloren and SUNY Press, 2003).

Serena Zabin, “Women’s Trading Networks and Dangerous Economies in Eighteenth-Century New York City,” Early American Studies 4, no. 2 (Fall 2006): 291-321.

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